December 2 - 5, 2015
Abstract Deadline: October 9, 2015

Todd Mockler, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Jane Parker, Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany 

We are pleased to announce the ninth Cold Spring Harbor winter conference this year which will begin on Wednesday evening, December 2, 2015 and end at noon on Saturday, December 5. The aims of this meeting are to review progress in genomics-enabled analyses of the major plant groups and their enemies under the motto "Plant Genomics:What's Next?", with topics ranging from biodiversity and epigenetics to new approaches to plant breeding including genetical genomics and synthetic biology, to next-generation cell biology. The conference will feature a mix of invited speakers drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

The format of the meeting will include six oral sessions and one poster session. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from submitted abstracts. For this reason, abstracts from accomplished junior and senior investigators are warmly invited.

Topics and Discussion Leaders:

Biodiversity/Environmental Adaptation
Olivier Loudet, INRA-Versailles, France
Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Duke University

Biotic/Abiotic Stress Signaling
Jose Dinneny, Carnegie Institution for Science
Thomas Kroj, INRA-Montpellier, France
Alga Zuccaro, University of Cologne, Botanical Institute, Germany

Complex Traits/Synthetic Biology/Biotechnology
Z. Jeffrey Chen, University of Texas at Austin
George Coupland, Max-Planck Institute, Plant Breeding Research, Germany

Crop Genomics/Improvement
Beat Keller, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Cristobal Uauy, John Innes Centre, UK

Developmental Networks/Modeling
Yrjo Helariutta, University of Cambridge, UK
Sue Rhee, Carnegie Institution for Science

Genetics/Epigenetics/Genome Biology
John Doebley, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Julie Law, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Tool Development/New Frontiers
Brian Gregory, University of Pennsylvania
Christopher Topp
, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Free Half-day workshop on bioinformatics tools for Genomics

On Wednesday December 2nd (1-4PM) A half-dayworkshop will be sponsored by iPlant Collaborative. The workshop willcover a variety of free bioinformatics tools and resources for dealing withgenome datasets. Lunch and coffee will be included – See more information andregistration info at limited to 30.

Abstracts should contain new and unpublished material. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our website as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested.

Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation we have funds to partially support students and postdocs submitting abstracts from US labs. Young scientists from other countries may be eligible for limited industry support. Please apply in writing to Val Pakaluk stating need for financial support. 

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor in December.

Academic Package $1140
Graduate/PhD Student Package $955
Corporate Package $1445
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $780
Corporate No-Housing Package $975

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Regular packages are all inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, wine-and-cheese party, lobster banquet, etc. No Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due 4 weeks prior to the meeting.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission or any other matters may be directed to Val Pakaluk